WHAT IS CYBERKNIFE?
CyberKnife is a robotic radiosurgery system designed to deliver high doses of radiation with sharp accuracy to treat cancerous tumors. CyberKnife provides an outpatient, pain-free, minimally invasive breakthrough approach to cancer treatment – providing hope to thousands of New Jersey patients with tumors that were once considered inoperable. The CyberKnife system treats several cancers and benign tumors throughout the body.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
CyberKnife is the first system to track a tumor's true location during treatment, providing the sub millimeter accuracy needed to destroy the malignancies of the tumor, while preserving surrounding healthy tissues and organs. Additional benefits include:
EXPERT CARE, CLOSE TO HOME
The Hackensack Meridian Health CyberKnife Center at Riverview Medical Center is home to the region’s most experienced CyberKnife radiation oncology team. Along with a multidisciplinary team of experts, the team has performed over 8,000 CyberKnife treatments for patients since 2005.
“Our main goal is to cure cancer. And our second goal is to do that at minimal cost to our patient’s quality of life. CyberKnife offers an opportunity to tackle cancer and do just that.” - Adnan Danish, M.D., Medical Director, CyberKnife Center at Hackensack Meridian Health.
APPROACHING CANCER CARE WITH PRECISION
The CyberKnife system provides state-of-the-art technology, and precise radiation therapy treatment to tumors throughout the body. In addition to the many cancers CyberKnife can treat – patients with lung, prostate, central nervous system, pancreatic, recurring head and neck cancers, and pelvic tumors can greatly benefit from this type of radiation therapy treatment.
Learn more about the different advantages of the CyberKnife system.
CYBERKNIFE FOR LUNG CANCER
One challenge to treating lung cancer is that the tumor can move as a patient breathes. With CyberKnife, patients can breathe normally during the treatments – getting an accurate dose of radiation therapy directly to the tumor site – while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
The XSight Lung Tracking System
The XSight Lung Tracking System is an addition to CyberKnife technology, which allows the radiation therapy team to directly track tumors, using the body's soft tissue during treatment.
Additional benefits include:
Lung Optimized Treatment (LOT)
Lung Optimized Treatment is an enhancement to the CyberKnife system that offers a powerful, non-invasive approach to. This cutting-edge technology enables physicians to treat lung cancer tumors without surgically implanting fiducial markers in a patient to track the tumor and deliver targeted radiation therapy. Instead, the technology uses cameras and medical imaging to determine the tumor location in real time and ensure the CyberKnife remains locked on target.
CYBERKNIFE FOR PROSTATE CANCER
One in every six men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime. CyberKnife offers a low-risk alternative to men who fear experiencing erectile dysfunction or incontinence, provided neither of these conditions existed prior to CyberKnife treatment.
The CyberKnife system’s sub-millimeter accuracy allows a high dose of radiation to the treat the prostate gland, while sparing the surrounding rectum and bladder – because only a fraction of the beams will pass through any point in those normal structures.
CYBERKNIFE FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM TUMORS – BRAIN AND SPINE
CyberKnife was originally designed as a type of stereotactic therapy for brain tumors. The CyberKnife system allows physicians to treat brain tumors by dividing treatment into several sessions – lowering the risk of damage to critical areas of the brain and surrounding tissue.
While undergoing treatment for brain or spinal cancer, radiation therapy historically called for invasive, uncomfortable head-holding frames. CyberKnife allows for a much more comfortable treatment experience.
CYBERKNIFE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER
Studies show the growth of pancreatic tumors in patients with advanced disease has been controlled by CyberKnife radiation treatment without damaging surrounding tissue – including the bowels, kidneys, and liver.
CyberKnife’s guided technology and respiratory tracking system eliminates that problem. It enables the radiation beam to track tumor movement in real time as patients breathe normally, always staying on target, delivering the highest dose of radiation possible, and destroying the tumor without harming healthy surrounding tissue.
CYBERKNIFE FOR PRIMARY OR METASTATIC LIVER CANCER
Treating liver cancer with radiation therapy can be challenging, because liver tumors move as a patient breathes. Surrounding tissue around the liver tumor is also very sensitive and can be damaged easily.
CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation to both primary and metastatic liver tumors with pinpoint accuracy – working with its Synchrony® Respiratory Tracking System, which enables the radiation beam to track tumor movement in real time, and enables patients to breathe normally during their treatment sessions. Doctors can target the liver tumor, and deliver radiation without harming the sensitive surrounding tissue.
CYBERKNIFE FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER
CyberKnife radiation therapy can be used to treat persistent head and neck cancers – even after conventional radiation.
CyberKnife uses computers and imaging tools to pinpoint the exact location of the tumor and uses the Synchrony® Respiratory Tracking System to track movement of the tumor even when a patient is breathing.
To learn more about the CyberKnife Center at Hackensack Meridian Health, Riverview Medical Center please call 1-888-545-2326.